Jurgen Klopp established a love affair with the Borussia Dortmund fans during his time at the club, but his old flame could become his nemesis in his pursuit to bring Timo Werner to Liverpool.
Klopp will enjoy a perennial legendary status at Signal Iduna Park after his seven-year stint with Dortmund. 318 fixtures and two Bundesliga titles later, Klopp left Dortmund for Liverpool boasting a brilliant average of 1.9 points per game. He may have failed in his bid to win the Champions League but his achievements with Dortmund will forever resonate with the supporters who worshipped him during his time at the club.
Three and a half years after leaving Germany for Liverpool, Klopp is staring down the barrel of achieving legendary status among a second set of supporters. The Premier League title is Liverpool’s to lose at this moment in time, but defeat against Manchester City last Thursday has taken the sting out of their challenge somewhat.
With the January window open for business once again, the Reds have an opportunity to strengthen the squad ahead of the title run in, but recent reports from Abendzeitung and various other publications have suggested Liverpool are interested in signing Timo Werner – a club the Germany international has specifically identified as a dream to play for, according to the report.
However, as reported by Bild, Dortmund are set to challenge both Liverpool and Tottenham for his signature, with Christian Pulisic’s departure serving to intensify their interest.
That Werner has emerged as one of the most wanted strikers in European football is far from surprising. The 22-year-old has scored a whopping 55 goals and provided 20 assists from 98 appearances since arriving at RB Leipzig, terrifying defenders with his blistering speed and ominous potency in the 18-yard-box.
On paper, Werner is a perfect fit for Klopp’s ruthless style of football as his dynamism and quality on the counter-attack would supplement the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but Dortmund could yet deprive him of securing a dream signing.
The opportunity of joining one of Germany’s top clubs will naturally appeal to Werner as he weighs up his next career move, and with a place at the spearhead of Lucien Favre’s attack seemingly up for grabs there is reason to suggest he would opt to remain in the Bundesliga rather than take on Roberto Firmino for a starting berth at Anfield.
If Werner fails to extend his contract with Leipzig by the summer, there is no question he will be in huge demand, and the club which Klopp holds dearly in his heart – and vice versa – could come back to haunt him by winning the race for his signature.
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